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Avdiyivka de-energized – governor

The cause of the blackout is being investigated.

Avdiyivka de-energized – governor
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Power supply to Avdiyivka, Donetsk Region disappeared on the evening of 18 February, the head of the Donetsk military-civil administration, Pavlo Zhebrivskyy, has said.

"Power supply to Avdiyivka disappeared again at around 8 p.m. today. Both to the town and the coke plant. The coordination centre is on enhanced duty as of 8 p.m. Power generators are being prepared to ensure autonomous supply of the town's vital infrastructure," he said on Facebook.

Engineers are working to identify the cause of the blackout. Police are on duty, emergency teams are preparing to set up warm-up stations.

Musa Mahomedov, director of the Avdiyivka coke plant, said the Donetsk filtering station, which supplies water to Avdiyivka and the suburbs, parts of Donetsk and Yasynuvata, were cut from power supply.

The coke plant has one of two boilers in operation, keeping coolant in the heating at proper temperature.

After massive shelling by pro-Russian militants, which started on 30 January, Avdiyivka had no water and power supply for a week.